8 Engagement Ring Trends for 2021 That Are Anything but Boring
Is there an engagement in your future? Then you might be starting to think about engagement ring shopping—with your partner, for your partner, or just to get more acquainted with different diamond cuts and band settings (you know, so you can *casually* drop hints to your other half). But even for those who aren’t expecting an engagement, with the arrival of proposal season—the time of year between November and February when 37 percent of couples get engaged—it’s hard not to have sparklers on the brain.
Whatever your personal jewelry style, you really can’t go wrong with a classic diamond engagement ring. Beyond its beauty, brilliance, and symbolism, a diamond is not only timeless, but basically always on trend. According to The Knot 2019 Jewelry and Engagement Study (a retrospective survey of 21,000 couples who got engaged between 2018 and 2019), 83 percent of people choose a round-cut white diamond for a center stone. While this classic sparkler style maintains its status as the most popular center stone choice, jewelry designers keep finding fresh ways to make engagement ring options feel totally unique, either by reinventing tried-and-true styles or thinking totally outside the box. And, of course, the designs always evolve based on what customers are currently craving.
So what’s new in the engagement ring world—and what’s coming back—in the coming year? From rose-cut diamonds to alexandrite (don’t worry, we’ll explain), wedding and engagement experts from The Knot and WeddingWire walk through the top engagement ring trends for 2021.